Projit B. Mukharji

Assistant Professor
Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies
PhD, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
MPhil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
BA, Presidency College, Calcutta
Contact Information
Office Address: 
326 Claudia Cohen Hall
215 898 8697
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Teaching Fields: 

STM in Colonial India, Comparative Medicine, Asian Medicines, Science & the Supernatural, Biopiracy, Science & Race

Research Interests: 

Postcolonial Technoscience, Colonial Medicine, Indigenous Medical Traditions, Subaltern Science, Everyday Technologies, Race Science

Selected Publications: 


Nationalizing the Body: The Market, Print and Daktari Medicine, Anthem Press: London, 2009, 368pp. [PB 2011, Indian Edn. 2012]


Co-Editor, Medical Marginality in South Asia: Situating Subaltern Therapeutics (Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories), Routledge UK: Abingdon, 2012, 224pp. [with David Hardiman]

Co-editor, Crossing Colonial Historiographies: Histories of Colonial and Indigenous Medicines in Transnational Perspective, Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010, 280pp. [with Waltraud Ernst and Anne Digby]

Co-editor, Football: From England to the World, Routledge: London, 2008, 156pp. [with Dolores Martinez]

Chapters in Books

“Pharmacology, ‘Indigenous Knowledge’, Nationalism—Few Words from the Epitaph of Subaltern Science”, in Mark Harrison and Biswamoy Pati eds., Society, Medicine and Politics: Colonial India, 1850-1940s. Routledge, London, 2009, 195-212.

Journal Articles

"Swapnaushadhi: The Embedded Logic of Dreams and Medical Innovation in Bengal", Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 38:3 (2014), pp. 387-407.

"From Serosocial to Sanguinary Identities: Caste, Transnational Race Science and the Shifting Metonymies of Blood Group B, India c. 1918-60", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 51:2, 2014, 143-76.

"Vishalyakarani as E. Ayapana:Retro-Botanizing, Embedded Traditions and Multiple Historicities of Plants in Colonial Bengal, 1890-1940", Journal of Asian Studies, 73:1, 2014, 65-87.

"Munisipal Darpan: Imagining the Embodied State and Subaltern Citizenship in 1890s Calcutta", South Asian History & Culture, 4:1, 2013, 1-17.

"In-Disciplining Jwarasur: The Folk/Classical Divide and the Transmateriality of Fevers in Colonial Bengal", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 50:3, 2013, 261-88.

“The ‘Cholera Cloud’ in the Nineteenth Century ‘British World’: History of an Object-without-an-essence”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 86:3, 2012, 303-32.

“Symptoms of Dis-Ease: New Trends in Histories of ‘Indigenous’ South Asian Medicines”, History Compass, 9:12, 2011, 887-99.

“Lokman, Chholeman and Manik Pir: Multiple Frames of Institutionalizing Islamic Medicine in Modern Bengal”, Social History of Medicine, 24:3, 2011, 720-38.

“Babon Gaji’s Many Pasts: The Adventures of a Historian in a Counter-Archive”, Contemporary South Asia, 18:1, 2010, 89-104. 

“Bangladeshe Ayurbed: Ekti Ashastriyo Itihaash” (Ayurveda in Bengal: A Non-Classical History) [in Bengali], Special issue on History of Medicine, Ababhaas (Bengali Journal), Calcutta, March 2009, 112-20.

“Jessie’s Dream at Lucknow: Popular Memorializations of Dissent, Ambiguity and Class in the Heart of the Empire”, Studies in History, 24:1, 2008, 77-113.

“Going Beyond Elite Medical Traditions: The Case of Chandshi”, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, 2:2, 2006, 277-91.

“Enframing Bangali Ayurbed: Going Beyond ‘Frontier’ Frames”, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), 49:1, 2004, 13-40.

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